Hummingbird Sage (Salvia coccinea 'Coral Nymph') in the Salvias Database

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8a -12.2 °C (10 °F) to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 12 - 18 inches
Plant Spread: 12 inches
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Bi-Color: Pink and white
Other: Apricot-Coral; Coral-pink
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Start indoors
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Tip
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots


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Posted by sallyg (central Maryland) on Dec 5, 2011 11:37 PM

I've had this for years. It's a lovely coral color. They self sow, and they grow easily, although they sprout a bit later than you might expect. Once blooming, they go nonstop until frost.

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Posted by wildflowers (North East Texas - Zone 7b) on Sep 11, 2015 6:24 PM

I've been enjoying Coral Nymph Salvia in my garden for many years. First planted from seed, I almost gave up on it because it was so slow to show up. Now it self seeds and comes back every year late spring or early summer, depending on warmth -- it likes it warm. Deadheading keeps the flowers coming all summer into fall, when you can leave some to go to seed. I also grow Coral Nymph in a pot that I put in the garage over winter (my pretend greenhouse), where it keeps like a perennial. Hummingbirds love it too.

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Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on Apr 10, 2014 6:50 PM

One of my favorite Salvias! I love it! It's a beautiful Salvia! I love the color of the flowers, that it's long blooming, that it attracts hummers, butterflies, and bees, and that it's easy to care for during the season. I rarely see seedlings from it, but maybe I disturb the soil too soon. I try to order at least one every year.

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ricelg On December 8, 2017 Bloomed
ricelg On November 26, 2017 Potted up
ricelg On October 24, 2017 Seeds germinated
ricelg On October 16, 2017 Seeds sown
honeyx4 On August 19, 2019 Miscellaneous Event
I purchased this plant in the clearance section fall 2018 from a local nursery. It didn't even have any blooms. It over wintered well, bloomed early spring and now has self seeded and I have at least 10 other plants that appear to be thriving. It blooms better when it gets moderate watering but seems to tolerate some level of drought also.
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